Kate & Matt | Autumn by the Sea Wedding in York Maine

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Couples sometimes overlook locations right on the water in Maine for Autumn weddings. Kate & Matt prove that mingling seaside with all the splendour and color of a New England Fall is the perfect match.
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Matt was a casual, comfortable groom. He was all about family and having fun.kate_matt_york_wedding_0004
Kate and her family rented out a farm house for the week that was within walking distance of the York Golf & Tennis Club. Lots of naturally beautiful spots to explore. Being thoughtful about where you do your wedding preparations pays off. Not only did we have amazing locations to use as a backdrop, but the entire family really enjoyed staying together somewhere special and private.

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Matt’s daughter was a big part of the entire day. She was able to participate fully in the ceremony by helping fill a sand vase together to show the now “blended” family!

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The palette of this wedding, along with the classy couple of course,  is part of why I really wanted to feature it. So many natural colors coming together…the golden rusts of Autumn, the mussel shell & ocean blues, the soft greens of the golf club grasses. Subdued yet stunning
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Things we love about Matt & Kate’s Fall wedding day in York Maine…

The unmatched combo of Maine charm meets seaside meets gorgeous grounds of York Golf and Tennis Club

The lovely natural palette of the flowers from one of our favorites at York Flower Shop

Kate & Matt both looked so dashing – it’s because they are decked out in the sophisticated Vera Wang & Brooks Brothers.

The sweet and subdued Autumn themed stationary by Wedding Paper Divas

The classic cake by Beach Pea Bakery, who is a local favorite

Classy hair & makeup Harbor Hair, York, ME

Dancing the night away with the Big City Band

Officiant: Eric Siler (Matt’s Brother)

{All photos by Geneve Hoffman Photographers}

 

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Newagen Seaside Inn Wedding | Kim & Andy

Ok, I’m not going to lie.  If you don’t like cute seahorses, you might want to look away.  But for all you lovers of elegant-yet-preppy Maine coral and navy blue lovers of seahorses: this amazing Newagen Inn wedding is for you! 

Kim gave all her bridesmaids the most lovely gifts–individual scarves with various nautical themes & a set of earrings and jewelry to wear on the day.

Now let’s talk about Andy.  It’s like he stepped out of a Hollywood film…a swanky star from the 1940’s….uber stylish and unique in his vintage tux.  He too wove some elegant nautical themes into the groomsmen attire–some hand made cuff links with nautical charts.All Saints Chapel is a true hidden gem…nestled deep in the pine woods on the shore of Boothbay.  With the lone bag piper on the dock ushering all the guests to the chapel, it felt so magical and enchanted.I just couldn’t get enough of the light streaming in through the windows of the chapel.  Kim & Andy gave me and my second shooter Wendy Freedman the rare opportunity to shoot portraits for an entire hour after the ceremony on the chapel grounds.  It reminded me how much I love doing portraits when the couple, the location, and the light all conspire in just the right way.Ok–this is an “homage” to my friend Nadra.  The bride had a famous image by her in the pinterest images she showed me for inspiration.  I think we NAILED it, if I do say so myself.  I like it when couples show me images they love–I won’t usually copy any image because I feel like my couples give me all the natural inspiration I need–but it does definitely give me an idea of what the couple loves…romance, or drama, or candids etc.I love this photo crafted by Wendy Freedman, our second photographer for the day.  Love having that second set of eyes all day.Newagen Inn is one of my favorite all time spots for weddings on the coast of Maine.  It has everything a couple and their guests could need…to die for setting, laid back and friendly service, great food, and excellent service.  They also have several cabins and inns on the expansive resort property for guests to stay in if they choose.  Boothbay Harbor, a very short drive away, also has some fun nightlife, lodging, and sight seeing for your guests.  It doesn’t get much better for that classic Maine guest experience than the picturesque Boothbay Region.Yes, that’s right.   A hand made Rice Krispy Cake.  And it was actually DELICIOUS.  Seriously.Oh, and a rainbow to add to their already enchanting day.  I expected to see a coral seahorse swim up to the tent after that (or a leprechaun…same thing).And the magic continues…because right exactly as the cocktail hour ended and the reception began–the sun came streaming into the tent. Charmed day!This is really how beautiful Newagen is…we had time to do some fun exploring for that perfect location.  Kim & Andy enjoyed their day and carved out enough time to soak it all up.Perfect end to a truly wonderful wedding day. Things we love about Kim & Andy’s spectacularly seaside-y Newagen Wedding…

Reception & Catering…Newagen Seaside Inn
Ceremony…All Saints by the Sea, Southport Island, ME
Flowers…Emily Carter…beautiful and elegant floral!
Dress & Veil…the veil was made from her mother´s wedding dress!
Invites…by the bride
Dessert…Flour Bakery, Boston…Did you notice this cake was actually a gigantic Rice Krispy Treat?  It was really delicious.
Favors…Maple Syrup Jars & Glass Coasters
Hair & Make up…Aphrodite, Portland Maine
Entertainment…First Class Band featuring Concetta, Boston
Officiant…Father Thomas Murphy, a friend of the bride´s grandparents
Bagpiper…Douglas Campbell
Rings…Vintage Tiffany´s for Grooms, and the brides had sapphires to represent both September and something blue
Jewelry…Vintage pin in hair borrowed from grandmother

{all photos by Geneve Hoffman Photographers}

 

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Sealed with a…wait, what? A saw! Dockside Wedding in York, Maine

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Christine & Kevin’s harbor side wedding in York was one of those simple, sweeet and memorable Maine days that we love as photographers and wedding creatives. They had a sense of humor, a laid back “come what may” attitude and they were both were just mostly completely full of love for their family and friends, and of course each other.

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Have you ever seen this at a wedding? It’s a German tradition and it respresents the first hurdle a couple has to overcome together. If they can cut it in two, it’s a sign of a true love and a successful marriage to come. Christine & Kevin loved it so much, they cut about 3 logs – just to really seal the deal.dockside_york_maine_wedding_0004dockside_york_maine_wedding_0005dockside_york_maine_wedding_0006dockside_york_maine_wedding_0007
Things we love about Christine & Kevin’s dockside Maine wedding…

Dockside Guest Quarters…yours truly had her own wedding reception there, so it will always hold a special place in my heart. Always amazing service and classic coastal Maine scenery from every window that you and your guests will linger long into the evening enjoying.
Flowers…The always lovely York Flower shop located right in York Village. York really is quality one stop shopping for our couples.
Cake…Gayle Forte and company at Let Them Eat Cake Maine had an enchanting and totes adorbs lobster lovers cake for the happy couple to enjoy.
Hair & Make up…Duda Spa in Portsmouth is one of my local faves!
Julie Draper…One of our favorite local officiants too.
The Log. Get your own log! No link for that – Maine has a few laying around.

{All photos by Geneve Hoffman Photography 2016}

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Winter inspiration from Erin Flett & Kristina Logan

Wendy Freedman and I built this early Winter shoot around two wonderful Maine & NH designers–graphic designer Erin Flett & international bead artist Kristina Logan.  This is a sneak peek…look for the feature in the upcoming Maine & NH edition of WellWed Magazine.

{all images by Geneve Hoffman}

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Winter Solstice Wedding by the Sea | York, Maine

 

It’s kind of a secret…shhhh…weddings in Maine during the quiet and serene Winter season are something to behold.  Especially this one that combined the beauty of the Winter Solstice and holiday spirit.  Moira & Jim had a fun and family filled celebration on the shortest day of the year.Why not use what the natural scenery in Maine already offers?  Gathered pine & berries contrasts nicely with the white paletteMoira found a lot of her details on ETSY…she wanted a look that felt fun and modern, but with a hint of vintage glamour.We were all totally in love with this crochet wrap…you will see it transform throughout the soiree…We also loved the play on greens during the day–all the greens were different, but played nicely together.  Moira’s nieces made lovely little bridesmaids.We decided to do a “First Look” and we actually ended up doing two!  One with Moira’s son, and then again with Jim.  Jim grew up in this secret spot in York where the fields meet the sea…made for a beautiful back drop for first look and portraits.Moira herself designed this cut out wreath…she is a designer and also did all the invites with a little help.York Parish church in York Village is one of those pretty little quintessential New England white spires.  The inside was already decorated beautifully for the season.Moira’s dad kept kissing everyone!  Or at least those were some of my favorite photos of the day…sweet family moments.This group shot was not only all the family that was invited, but the entire guest list.  We had moderate Winter Solstice weather to make this shot pretty easy and fun.MC Perkins Cove with a view of the North Atlantic from every single window was where the wedding family spent the rest of the festive evening.  Moira, Jim and their son Ethan hand picked out all the ornament favors–nice touch and also conversation piece.We thought we were done with photos…but on the way to Ogunquit there was the most calm and serene Solstice sunset happening on Cape Neddick Beach…so happily did a few shots on the beach.  Another bonus of Winter weddings in Maine–if you are on the beach, it looks like it could be any season!Things we love about Moira & Jim’s Winter Solstice Wedding in Maine…

ETSY…comes through again!  for all the great details on Moira’s wedding look
MC Perkins Cove….perfect setting for an intimate family wedding right on the coast of Maine–and the food is just as good as the view.
First Parish Congregational Church & Linda Hirst…for the beautiful ceremony and inspiring holiday decor
Moira Abram-Hale…the bride, and floral designer + invite suite designer extraordinaire!  I’ve worked with her for years and her design is amazing.  She is starting to do wedding invites too…so stay tuned.
Beach Pea Baking Company…for the perfect Triple Chocolate Cake for Moira & Jim’s party
Crate & Barrel…for the bounty of holiday ornament favors
Geneve Hoffman Photography…it’s me, again.  :)  I just love Maine weddings too much!  Esp Winter ones…
Just Bee & Nicole Masterson…picture perfect make up on the bride
Esse Studio Hair Salon…York’s most creative hair design spot

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